Eric Deggans http://publicradioeast.org en The Return Of The Many Shows They Call 'Orphan Black' http://publicradioeast.org/post/return-many-shows-they-call-orphan-black When I saw the first episode of BBC America's <em>Orphan Black</em> last year, I was convinced it was a crappy Canadian police drama.<p>That's because the set-up seemed like the oddest sort of crime procedural nonsense. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:48:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 39241 at http://publicradioeast.org The Return Of The Many Shows They Call 'Orphan Black' Big Stars Don't Always Guide TV Shows To Success http://publicradioeast.org/post/big-stars-dont-always-guide-tv-shows-success CBS is planning a one-hour season finale for Robin Williams' <em>The Crazy Ones</em>. It was one of three sitcoms built around big established stars this season, all three of which suffered in the ratings. It raises the question: Does television make stars, or is it the other way around? <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 39177 at http://publicradioeast.org Why 'Fargo' For TV Works With Cold Efficiency And 'Bad Teacher' Doesn't http://publicradioeast.org/post/why-fargo-tv-works-cold-efficiency-and-bad-teacher-doesnt There is a moment, deep inside the first episode of FX's excellent re-imagination of the Coen brothers' masterful film <em>Fargo,</em> when a police officer gets a phone call.<p>He's sleeping next to his pregnant wife. It's early. And the well-meaning but sometimes complacent police chief is suddenly called to the scene of a bizarre crime.<p><em>Fargo</em> fans will recall a similar scene in the 1996 film. Only it's the police chief, Frances McDormand's breezily competent Marge Gunderson, who is pregnant. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:15:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 38991 at http://publicradioeast.org Why 'Fargo' For TV Works With Cold Efficiency And 'Bad Teacher' Doesn't Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied http://publicradioeast.org/post/don-draper-truth-you-lied <em>***For </em>Mad Men<em> fans who missed Sunday night's Season 7 premiere, be warned: There are spoilers below. </em><p>Don Draper finally told the truth, and it ruined his life.<p>Perhaps that shouldn't have been such a surprise. Because Don has mostly been a master of the lie — especially in the form of an ad pitch. And he never lost his touch: He suckered everyone last season with one of his best pitches for Hershey's chocolate bars.<p>Facing a roomful of Hershey's executives, he told a heartwarming story of getting one of their candy bars as a reward for mowing the lawn. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:41:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 38862 at http://publicradioeast.org Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied Stephen Colbert: The End Of One Joke, The Start Of Many More http://publicradioeast.org/post/stephen-colbert-end-one-joke-start-many-more CBS just ended the longest-running joke in TV history by naming Stephen Colbert to succeed retiring late-night host David Letterman<p>That's because Colbert, who has won all kinds of acclaim playing fictional right-wing cable TV news host "Stephen Colbert" on <em>The Colbert Report,</em> will now play a new character when he takes over Letterman's <em>Late Show:</em><p>Himself.<em></em><p><em>New York Times</em> reporter Bill Carter <a href="https://twitter.com/wjcarter" target="_blank">tweeted</a> a quote from Colbert confirming that: "I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 38634 at http://publicradioeast.org Stephen Colbert: The End Of One Joke, The Start Of Many More Weather Channel Will Return To DirectTV http://publicradioeast.org/post/weather-channel-will-return-directtv The Weather Channel <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140408006495/en/Weather-Channel-Returns-DIRECTV#.U0RPtahdXTp">will return to DIRECTV on Wednesday</a>, ending a three month dispute which saw the cable channel yanked from the satellite television system reaching 20 million subscribers.<p>But the new agreement comes with a price: the Weather Channel has agreed to cut back its reality programming by half during weekdays, restore instant local weather and allow DIRECTV subscribers to watch the cable channel on a range of devices in and out of their homes.<p>Disputes over rates Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:20:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 38434 at http://publicradioeast.org Weather Channel Will Return To DirectTV Who Will Replace Letterman? Probably Another White Guy http://publicradioeast.org/post/who-will-replace-letterman-probably-another-white-guy <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ8_49BRSiw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efiW2K8gASM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5BHe1HXwls</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTJQK_K96EE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQdpW_hZfik</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:10:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 38189 at http://publicradioeast.org Who Will Replace Letterman? Probably Another White Guy Your Tour Guide To The Glut Of Sunday TV http://publicradioeast.org/post/your-tour-guide-glut-sunday-tv Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melisa Block, hosting this week from member station KERA in Dallas.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel in Washington.<p>And as we head into the weekend, here's something to look forward to - a logjam of great Sunday night television. It gets going this Sunday with the new season of HBO's "Game of Thrones."<p>(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "GAME OF THRONES")<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (as Character) The orders are to attack Castle Black from the south when Mance hits it from the north. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 38144 at http://publicradioeast.org Dave Letterman Signals He'll Soon Put Down The Microphone http://publicradioeast.org/post/dave-letterman-signals-hell-soon-put-down-microphone Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>David Letterman, the longest-serving late night television host, is retiring.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SHOW, 'LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN')<p>DAVID LETTERMAN: Sometime in the not-so-distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up and taking a hike.<p>SIEGEL: Letterman, who is 66, told the audience today during a taping of his late show program which will air tonight. Here to talk about David Letterman is NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:33:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 38059 at http://publicradioeast.org In #CancelColbert, A Firestorm And A Lost Opportunity http://publicradioeast.org/post/cancelcolbert-firestorm-and-lost-opportunity At first, the idea of canceling <em>The Colbert Report</em> over a wayward tweet sounded like handing out the death penalty for a speeding ticket.<p>And as much as I understand the notion of using a provocative hashtag to fuel an important conversation, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cancelcolbert">the #CancelColbert controversy</a> mostly shows the difficulty of deciding just how offensive a joke based in stereotypes really is.<p>And there's a more important question: Once you determine something awful happened, how does it get fixed?<p>Stephen Colbert offered one solution Monday night, Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 37859 at http://publicradioeast.org In #CancelColbert, A Firestorm And A Lost Opportunity In The Absence Of Answers, We Return Repeatedly To The Questions http://publicradioeast.org/post/absence-answers-we-return-repeatedly-questions The view from inside a media circus is an odd one, indeed.<p>But I got a glimpse of the scenery a few days ago, when CNN asked me to weigh in on the similarities between the real-life missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the myriad of fictional TV shows or movies where similar events have unfolded.<p><em>Why are we so drawn to these stories?</em> anchor Suzanne Malveaux asked me in a few different ways, perhaps wanting an emotional take on how the plane crash scene in the TV series <em>Lost</em> or the film <em>Alive</em> could have ended Flight 370's mysterious voyage.<p>Instead, I tried Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:55:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 36839 at http://publicradioeast.org In The Absence Of Answers, We Return Repeatedly To The Questions A Colorful Night At The Oscars. More Of The Same To Come? http://publicradioeast.org/post/colorful-night-oscars-more-same-come It might have been the most diverse Academy Awards telecast in recent memory.<p>Sunday night's broadcast was capped by British director Steve McQueen accepting a best picture Oscar for his film <em>12 Years a Slave</em> — the first film directed by a black man to earn that honor. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:44:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 35596 at http://publicradioeast.org A Colorful Night At The Oscars. More Of The Same To Come? Desk, Set: Seth Meyers Lands In Late Night Very Safely http://publicradioeast.org/post/desk-set-seth-meyers-lands-late-night-very-safely The best thing about late-night TV can also be the trickiest.<p>On the fringes of TV's big stage, shows airing after midnight can be a home for invention; a place where quirky personalities and developing talent can try things with the potential for massive success or demoralizing failure with relatively low stakes.<p>That history — and its potential for greatness — may be one reason why Seth Meyers' funny, well-paced, completely professional debut Monday as the new host of NBC's 12:35 a.m. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:52:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 35120 at http://publicradioeast.org Desk, Set: Seth Meyers Lands In Late Night Very Safely Are Americans Tired Of 'Arrogant British' TV Personalities? http://publicradioeast.org/post/are-americans-tired-arrogant-british-tv-personalities When the interviewer for BBC Radio finally reached me Monday to talk about the failure of Piers Morgan's 9 p.m. interview show on CNN, she basically had one question, asked many different ways.<p>Are Americans finally tired of arrogant British TV personalities?<p>To be honest, there are signs of cultural fatigue. Just over two weeks ago, Fox TV announced the departure of another headstrong British star, <em>American Idol</em> alum Simon Cowell. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:18:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 35118 at http://publicradioeast.org Are Americans Tired Of 'Arrogant British' TV Personalities? On 'Tonight Show,' Jimmy Fallon Looks To Bridge Two Eras http://publicradioeast.org/post/new-tonight-show-host-jimmy-fallon-walks-fine-line <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VFgiPXisu8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTpn30Pms8I</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 34605 at http://publicradioeast.org On 'Tonight Show,' Jimmy Fallon Looks To Bridge Two Eras Redefining Hollywood: 'Diversity Makes More Money' http://publicradioeast.org/post/redefining-hollywood-diversity-makes-more-money If you spend much time talking about diversity in Hollywood, it's an argument you'll hear often: that ethnic and gender diversity is nice, but it doesn't make a movie profitable or bring ratings to a TV show.<p>But researchers at the Ralph J. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 34207 at http://publicradioeast.org Redefining Hollywood: 'Diversity Makes More Money' All Work, No Respect: Twice Pushed Out, Jay Leno Moves On From 'Tonight' http://publicradioeast.org/post/all-work-no-respect-twice-pushed-out-jay-leno-moves-tonight Not many people can say they got pushed out of a job twice while at the top of their game. But Jay Leno, the famously workaholic host of NBC's <em>Tonight Show, </em>is one who can.<p>By most measures, he should be one of the Peacock Network's most powerful stars; for 22 years – with one small break — he's hosted the highest-rated late-night show on television. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 33718 at http://publicradioeast.org All Work, No Respect: Twice Pushed Out, Jay Leno Moves On From 'Tonight' Grammy Show: Light On Awards, Heavy On Entertainment http://publicradioeast.org/post/grammy-sbow-light-awards-heavy-entertainment Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Well, let's move from the pre-telecast to the artists you did see on TV, if you were watching; the winners and nominees who were on stage at the Staples Center for a marathon evening ceremony. NPR television critic Eric Deggans joins us to talk about the big show.<p>Good morning.<p>ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: Good morning.<p>MONTAGNE: First, let me ask you this. With most of the awards given out actually before the ceremony, the Grammys - unlike the Oscars - are not really an awards show. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 32909 at http://publicradioeast.org As NBC Prepares For A Late-Night Transition, Everyone Is On Message (So Far) http://publicradioeast.org/post/nbc-prepares-late-night-transition-everyone-message-so-far It felt like a rerun from a long-ago time, with a twist.<p>Once again, an NBC executive was facing a crowd of TV critic and reporters, saying nice things about Jay Leno just as he was leaving as host of <em>The Tonight Show</em>.<p>"It is no exaggeration to say that Jay Leno is the hardest working man in television," said NBC entertainment chair Bob Greenblatt Sunday, noting that Leno has kept <em>The Tonight Show</em> at the top of the ratings for nearly his entire 20-year run as host after Johnny Carson. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:05:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 32509 at http://publicradioeast.org As NBC Prepares For A Late-Night Transition, Everyone Is On Message (So Far) Is There Room For Only One Black Film At The Top Of The Heap? http://publicradioeast.org/post/there-only-room-one-black-film-top-heap First, let's acknowledge one thing: <em>12 Years a Slave</em> has achieved something amazing and wonderful.<p>With nine Oscar nominations, it has proven a brutal story about the worst degradations of American slavery can attract the biggest accolades Hollywood has to offer.<p>In particular, seeing Steve McQueen within spitting distance of becoming the first black person to win an Oscar for directing, you feel both a sense of progress for the moment and profound disappointment that such a benchmark would remain untouched in 2014. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 03:06:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 32219 at http://publicradioeast.org Is There Room For Only One Black Film At The Top Of The Heap?